Dallas Theater Center Stages CLYBOURNE PARK in Rep with A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Now thru 10/27
Dallas Theater Center has announced the regional premiere of Clybourne Park, running in rotating rep with A Raisin in the Sun, to launch the theater's 55th season. Clybourne Park will be directed by DTC Associate Artistic Director Joel Ferrell. Clybourne Park begins with a Pay-What-You-Can performance tonight, October 4 and runs through Sunday, October 27 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Tickets to Clybourne Park are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202.
"Clybourne Park explores the great changes that have occurred culturally and politically since 1959, when A Raisin in the Sun premiered and desegregation was occurring," says DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. "All these years later, many people still remain deeply uncomfortable discussing ongoing racial tensions. In Clybourne Park the audience confronts recognizable characters who hide behind politically correct conversations that barely cover up, but don't resolve, the deeply embedded challenges of the racial divide, which makes for a very smart, very relevant and, at times, very funny evening of theater."
Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park is a two act play that book-ends the American classic A Raisin in the Sun. Act one of the play examines the events that lead up to the Younger family's purchase of their new home in the established and predominantly white Chicago neighborhood of Clybourne Park. In act two, a brand new set of characters, played by the same actors, dive into the logistics of renovating the home long after the Youngers have lived in and sold the house. Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park is a fast-paced and brutally hilarious play that tackles the uncomfortable subject of race and its presence in the fabric of American life.
"Playwright Bruce Norris, inspired by one of our greatest American plays, has created a smart new work that will ring very familiar to every North Texan, just as it has to people across the country," says Ferrell. "This powerful portrait of a Neighborhood in turmoil in two periods of our collective history is wildly funny, heartbreaking, and brutally honest from start to finish. Clybourne Park is a sharp, straightforward look at issues that every American has faced, and continues to face every day."
Several members of the A Raisin in the Sun cast will also appear in Clybourne Park. DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company members Hassan El-Amin (FLY, King Lear, God of Carnage), Bobo in A Raisin in the Sun, and Tiffany Hobbs (The Odd Couple, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Christmas Carol), Benetha, take the roles of Albert/Kevin and Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park. Fellow company member Steven Michael Walters (King Lear, Next Fall, Henry IV) will carry his role as Karl Lindner from the Lorraine Hansberry classic into the first act of Clybourne Park and will play Steve in act two. Other Company members include Chamblee Ferguson (FLY, The Odd Couple, A Christmas Carol) as Russ/Dan and Sally Nystuen Vahle (God of Carnage, Cabaret, Death of Salesman) as Bev/Kathy. Making their DTC debuts are Allison Pistorius as Betsy/Lindsey and Southern Methodist University undergraduate Jacob Stewart as Jim/Tom.
"What a joy it is to have such an esteemed cast gathered together, including so many members of our Brierley Resident Acting Company," says Moriarty. "One of the reasons we are producing this play is the opportunity it provides to share with our audience great actors doing great acting. Each actor will play multiple roles over the course of the play, and their transformative powers, along with their emotional truthfulness and ruthlessness, will be inspiring, deeply moving and hilariously funny to watch."
The design team responsible for A Raisin in the Sun will also work on Clybourne Park. Set designer Bob Lavallee (Red, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) is joined by Karen Perry as costume designer (The Trinity River Plays), Seth Reiser as lighting designer (King Lear, Tigers Be Still) and John Flores (Kitchen Dog Theater company member) as sound designer.